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Patriots announce Tony Fiammetta left the team

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Guard Robert Gallery wasn’t the only player to check out of Patriots camp on Saturday.

The team also announced that fullback Tony Fiammetta has been placed on the exempt/left squad list. The Patriots didn’t explain why Fiammetta, who was absent from several practices leading up to the roster move, left the squad.

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports that Fiammetta left to take care of a family issue and that he will not return to the team this year. He hopes to return to the Patriots in 2013. He was far from a lock to make the Patriots, who don’t feature a fullback all that often and also have Spencer Larsen bidding for playing time at the position, this season, so it is difficult to imagine that a year off will help his chances of making the team.

The Patriots signed Fiammetta as a free agent in March after he spent time with the Cowboys and Panthers over the last two seasons. The Patriots also announced that they have signed veteran defensive back Derrick Martin and running back Kareem Huggins to take the roster spots vacated by Fiammetta and Gallery.

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6 Responses to “Patriots announce Tony Fiammetta left the team”
  1. nokoolaidcowboy says: Aug 5, 2012 8:39 AM

    Gotta applaud a guy who takes care of his family first nowadays.

  2. hulkhogansays says: Aug 5, 2012 8:40 AM

    The “I Quit” generation…like I said few days ago…it’s the sad reality of the current generation of young adults. No work ethic, yet feel entitled to everything. Very sad brother.

  3. descendency says: Aug 5, 2012 9:06 AM

    I hope everything is OK with him and his family.

    I was hoping he’d make the final roster because it would improve the Patriots running game quite a bit.

  4. billymc75 says: Aug 5, 2012 10:28 AM

    Prob can’t get over concussions from college or last year, he’s a concussion waiting to happen

  5. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 5, 2012 11:45 AM

    Wonder if the Cowboys knew something about this guy when they decided to not resign him after last season?

  6. homelanddefense says: Aug 6, 2012 12:16 PM

    I wish him luck. He was a long shot at best to make the roster.

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